Posts filed under ‘Faith’
The 1662 Book of Common Prayer was not the original English-language prayer book, but it is certainly the most recognisable. At the time, it provided services in a language that the people of England could understand. That may no longer be universally true – today’s detractors cite the dated language top of the list for reasons to ‘move on’.
I wonder what sort of response you would get if you surveyed the general attendance of British churches on the following two questions: Have you heard of the Christian Industrial Complex? What does the term mean to you? Yet I know that I’m not the only one who’s starting to feel we need new space to deal with its smothering of new ideas in today’s church.
Once upon a time, when I was young, there was a Christian rock song called Jesus Freaks by a band called dcTalk. On the back of it, the band put their name to two books of modern ‘hero’s of the faith’, which included some very hardcore and actually persecuted Christians, some of whom were recent martyrs. All that now seems long-forgotten. (more…)
It’s probably a surprise to no one that members of the Church of England, as a generalised group, tend towards some pretty problematic politics. Whilst official views on LGBT people and Women as potential church leaders are well documented, perhaps our positions on economics is much less well known (update: the Guardian just helpfully published this on Anglican views on benefits).
A Scottish Nationalist MSP caused a minor stir lately for writing about the biblical story of the Tower of Babel in a piece about the Scottish Independence debate. Sure, at surface level, its a bizarre connection to make, but perhaps there is a thread of truth somewhere in this connection.
I don’t really get how this question is so difficult to answer, yet it seems a cause of much debate. I’ve heard laity and clergy alike profess to have little idea what the answer is or should be. I suppose I have a pretty strong Anglican identity – I’ve grown up in the Church, loved, loathed and followed it in great detail for years. So for those of you who are confused, let me attempt to explain.
“You write a blog, don’t you?” It was an odd response to my suggestion that I needed to get cash out of a cashpoint before I could buy Keith’s new book. The deal: I could have a copy free in return for a review. I skipped a queue of books and got on with reading it straight away. I’m glad I did; of the various books on radical Christianity I’ve picked up in recent years, few have turned out to be both as radical and as reasonable as Seeking Justice.